What About Legal Fees?

A Word About Legal Fees

Everyone knows that legal services are expensive. But how fees are determined is not so widely known. The fee for your particular case is not standardized and can only be determined after a careful interview and consultation, during which the facts specific to your case – your background, educational history, work history, mental health history, immigration status, security clearance issues and numerous other variables – are considered. Obviously, the facts of your case and your defense to the allegations against you are crucial considerations in determining the amount of your fee.

You are strongly cautioned to avoid choosing a lawyer whose main attribute is charging low fees or is known for being the most inexpensive lawyer in town. James N. Papirmeister, Esq., is not that lawyer.

Mr. Papirmeister will carefully consider all the unique characteristics of your particular case and set a fee that is fair to you as the client and realistic when considering the resources needed to represent you effectively. This fee will take into consideration the time that the attorney will need to spend on the case, how complex the case will be, the skill that will be required and the resources of Mr. Papirmeister’s law firm that will be necessary for the successful handling of your case.

Setting An Appropriate Fee Means Understanding The Situation

In short, you should generally not call around to various lawyers and ask what each charges for a particular case. Except for very minor cases, a quality lawyer usually would not and should not quote you a fee over the phone. It takes a more extensive conversation and review of charging papers and other documentation to give an attorney enough information to set an appropriate fee.

One Size Does Not Fit All

In addition, one size does not fit all when it comes to setting legal fees. Two different people charged with the exact same offense may have dramatically different circumstances, and the fee in the more complex case can be two, three or even four times the cost of the simpler case. It benefits both the lawyer and the client to have an in-depth conversation and to conduct a review of documentation in order for an appropriate fee to be determined.

Our Fees Are Generally Quite Affordable

On the other hand, our fees are generally very affordable, even for persons with relatively modest incomes or financial situations. Our fees are considered very fair and reasonable in the industry and a very good value for the services rendered.

We offer payment plans and accept most forms of payment, including personal checks, specific debit or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover), and most other traditional forms of payment. Most people find that they actually can afford the fees for quality legal services, especially when offered a payment plan or other flexible terms. At your initial consultation, you’ll be able to discuss the fees, any need for a payment plan and all terms of your fee agreement.

If you are unable to come to one of Mr. Papirmeister’s offices personally due to your confinement in a jail, your living out-of-state, your health condition or any other reason, there are many other ways to have this in-depth consultation.

Please contact the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., to schedule a free initial consultation or make an alternative arrangement to discuss your case. Simply call 301-589-2100.